Our Team

Ashton J. Hayward III

Ashton J. Hayward III joined AREF as President in January 2019. A native of Pensacola and a graduate of Florida State University, Hayward previously worked in New York as an executive at the AT&T Corporation and the Financial Times. In 2003, Hayward and his wife An returned to Pensacola to raise their son, Aiden. Hayward founded a successful real estate development company, which he managed until taking office as Mayor of Pensacola in 2011.  Hayward led regional economic development by working to create a cultural environment where businesses grew and thrived.

Active in public service on a local, regional, and statewide level, Hayward was appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Commission on Community Service, also known as Volunteer Florida, and is a member of Leadership Florida’s Cornerstone Class XXXVI. Locally, Hayward has actively supported organizations including Autism Pensacola, the Gulf Coast Kids House, and the PACE Center for Girls. Hayward also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Achieve Escambia and as a member of the Escambia County Infant Mortality Task Force, and has previously served on the board of directors for the Florida League of Mayors and as a member of the Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority.

Having a vast repertoire in leadership and financial development, Hayward now utilizes his experience to further the goals and mission of world renowned orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. James R. Andrews. Through his work as President of AREF, Hayward will continue to lead his team into the future of health education and research to promote sports medicine.



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Leandra Price, MS, LAT, ATC

Leandra completed her undergraduate work at Quinnipiac University in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. She continued to obtain her Masters degree at Troy University in Sports and Fitness Management. She moved from New Jersey where she worked as an athletic trainer at Hillsborough High School and spent two seasons for Sky Blue FC, a National Women’s Soccer Team. Leandra moved down to Florida to work as a clinical outreach athletic trainer for Andrews Institute at Washington High School in Pensacola before joining the Andrews Research & Education Foundation team as the Education Manager.

Leandra manages and coordinates all educational events for AREF. Events include weekly Sports Medicine Fellowship Conferences, annual Injuries in Football Conference, and many others throughout the year.


Ashley Mixson

Ashley Mixson joined the team as the Fellowship Manager in January 2020. Ashley was born and raised in Pensacola, FL and earned her BS in Healthcare Administration from Capella University in 2018. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of West Florida. In addition to managing the fellowship programs, Ashley is the Institutional Coordinator for AREF, ensuring ACGME compliance.

Her experience over the last decade includes: healthcare executive assistance, residency program coordination, office management, project administration and Graduate Medical Education. In addition to her professional roles, Ashley is Lean Green Belt certified, a notary public and an avid recreational softball player.  With a passion for the quality Graduate Medical Education and the ever-changing world of healthcare, Ashley continues to support today’s rising physicians by bringing structure, care, understanding and a passion for lifelong learning to the team.


Kelly Derbes, RN, MPH

Kelly completed her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences with a specialization in Public Health at the University of West Florida. She then went on to obtain her Master’s in Public Health from the University of West Florida. While working on her Master’s degree, Kelly was able to gain valuable research experience interning for the Escambia County Health Department.  Due to her love for both research and healthcare, Kelly obtained her Registered Nurse license from Fortis Institute. She has an enthusiasm for helping individuals understand more about their individual health as well as deepening society’s understanding of the importance of best practices.


Sam Davis, ATC, LAT

Sam Davis attended Wright State University and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training and a Bachelor’s of Science Education in Sports Science.  Prior to Andrews Research and Education Foundation, Sam has had the privilege to work in multiple settings from middle school to professional women’s soccer. Sam has also had experience with PRN for Select Physical Therapy and interning with EXOS.  Sam has been with the department since January of 2018 and is an integral part of the AREF team.”


Cecelia Delacey, MPH, CCMA

Cecelia is an alumni of the University of West Florida and was awarded an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences with a specialization in Public Health.  In addition, she holds a Master’s of Public Health from Liberty University. Cecelia has worked in healthcare for several years and possesses an extensive background in patient care ranging from laboratory experience to healthcare management. Cecelia is grateful to be a part of AREF and its mission to be a community and industry leader focusing on improving the quality of life for people of all ages.


Chandler Bridges, MS

Chandler earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Coaching from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC. Then continued on to obtain her Masters of Science from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. While attaining her master’s degree she was a graduate assistant coach for the Lady Blazers softball team. Chandler is a local from Navarre and found her passion for sports science and research through her years of playing and coaching softball.